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Dallas Sierra Club Calendar

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Bus Trip IconFeb 5-9 (Wed-Sun) Big Bend National Park Bus Trip

(replace this text with a short description of the image)All places on the Dallas Sierra Club's annual bus trip to Big Bend National Park have been sold, but as of Dec. 16, you can be first on the waitlist. Last year four places on the bus opened for people from the waitlist. If interested, contact Ande Johnston. Every trip option can accommodate at least one more person. The bus will depart Dallas at 9:00 PM Wednesday, February 5 and return Sunday by 11:59 PM. Trip options include day hiking from a base camp, backpacking every day or a mix of day hiking and backpacking in our four days at Big Bend. Featured destinations include the Chisos Mountains, Rio Grande Hot Spring, the Blue Creek Trail, Mule Ears, The Chimneys and Tule Spring. Click this PDF document for full information.  Bus trip leader: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Class IconFeb 15 (Sat) Backpacking 101 Class - Great Valentine Gift!

(replace this text with a short description of the image)Want to be adventuresome and explore amazing backcountry areas? Come to this popular, interactive class designed for never-ever backpackers and people who want to refresh or enhance their backpacking knowledge and skills. Dallas Sierra Club trip leaders with decades of backpacking experiences will present a comprehensive overview of backpacking topics, including packs, boots, tents, sleeping bags, food and cooking, clothes, wilderness ethics, sanitation and more. We'll include tips we wish someone had told us sooner to make backpacking more comfortable and less expensive. Lots of great information - campers and outdoor adventures will all benefit. Contact us if you'd like to give the class as a holiday or Valentine gift and we'll send you a gift card!

Place:  Community Room, Midway Hills Christian Church, 11001 Midway Rd, Dallas (Midway Rd, a couple of blocks north of Royal Ln. - here is a Google map)  

Date and Time: Saturday, February 15. The class begins at 10:00 AM and lasts until about 4:00 PM, with a break for lunch. Please arrive a few minutes early to sign in and get settled.

Price: only $40, which includes a light lunch of backpacking food and handouts.  Online pre-registration using a credit card is encouraged and appreciated (click here) or pay by cash or check at the door.

If you already have some gear and questions about using, packing or replacing it, bring it with you and we'll do our best to answer your questions.  

  Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-207-4997

Day Hike IconFeb 29 (Sat) Suburban Walk: Oak Point and Bob Woodruff Parks, Plano city parks.

Join me for a late winter walk between Oak Point and Bob Woodruff Parks in Plano. We will walk on both the natural surface trails and the paved paths. Who knows what we will see on a winters morning? Our destination is the old burr oak tree which was recognized by the Arboriculture Society as being alive at the time the U.S. Constitution was signed. The walk will be between 6.5 and 8 miles. We will start at 8:00 am and be back to the cars no later than 2:00 pm. Dress for the weather (layers), bring a liter of water, and a snack. There are bathrooms at both the beginning and at the turnaround points of the walk. Limit 10 people.    Trip rated: Moderate. Leader: Jim Binnings Send Email 205-746-3266

Car Camp IconOct 16-18 (Fri-Sun) FALL WEEKEND at BEAVERS BEND STATE PARK

Beavers Bend State ParkMark your calendar now and save the date! All are invited to celebrate fall by joining us for a weekend of fun in scenic southeastern Oklahoma near Broken Bow. We have the large group compound reserved, complete with your choice of rustic cabin or tent camping, bathhouse (flush toilets and hot showers!) and dining hall with kitchen. We'll offer various Saturday hike options with Dallas Sierra Club leaders or you may explore on your own. The park offers birding, paddling (rentals available), horseback riding and more. Saturday night catered dinner option if you don't feel like cooking, and Saturday night fun! This weekend is for singles, couples, families, friends and all ages, EVERYONE. Details and reservation information will be posted here in July.   Trip rated: Kid Friendly. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-207-4997

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